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Craftsman Snow Thrower Model 536.881113 Speed Control Doesn't Work

Last weekend I bought a used Craftsman Snow Thrower Model 536.881113. I didn't realize how poorly maintained it was till I got it home. Out of 6 forward speeds only the fastest one works. None of the two reverse speeds work. I took off the bottom plate and found that the hex shaft (p/n 1501100) was badly rusted and pitted. How does the shift speeds work? Does the friction disc wheel (p/n 1501435) slide on the hex shaft to change speeds? If so, the shaft is so badly rusted and pitted that I assume it can't slide and that's why the only speed I have is #6, the fastest speed. Before I start buying parts, I thought it best to check with you folks for some works of wisdom. Thanks for your help.

Craftsman , Snow Removal Equipment
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That is the thing about good deals, what you can't see may be more expensive than what was paid. It sounds like you are up to the repair task with a little help though. The expert will review and respond but if you find you need parts or a manual for your new snow thrower I attached the links for this model below.
by Manage My Life
July 1st, 2011
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